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ONE is an ongoing series highlighting Service members, civilians, local partners and family members making a profound impact across RAF Alconbury and the United Kingdom. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton/Released) ONE: The principal who cares
The discordant symphony of more than a dozen children's voices fell silent as they all gathered around the homemade volcano. With hushed anticipation they watched as a fellow classmate cautiously poured vinegar inside the artificial sierra. In seconds the vinegar reacted with the baking soda inside and produced a
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Tech. Sgt. Francis Gilson, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flying crew chief, an Andersonville, Tennesse native, prepares to climb inside a 37th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules after post-flight checks on Riga International Airport, Latvia, May 17, 2014. Gilson was part of a five-man crew including 37th AS pilots and loadmasters. The team spent four days across three Baltic countries assisting in personnel drops of allied partners and American service members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan) Flying crew chief; one stop airborne repair shop
To keep Ramstein's fleet of C-130J Super Hercules mission ready, crew chiefs are responsible to maintain the birds wherever they might land.Not every 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief travels with Ramstein's C-130's, but because Tech. Sgt. Francis "Buzz" Gilson is a flying crew chief, he goes with the bird."Buzz is a major reassuring
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Berlynn Brownlee, a “Go Bald for Brayden” volunteer, shaves the head of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. David Forrest, 52nd Component Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion technician, April 25, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, during an event to show support for Brayden Mitchell, 5, recently diagnosed with a form of kidney cancer. Brayden’s father, U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. David Mitchell, an Ohio Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft pilot, died in an F-16 training accident near Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., shortly before Brayden’s birth. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Warren/Released) 120 Airmen go bald to support cancer patient
For a few hours on April 25, the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center was transformed into a makeshift barber shop as more than 100 Spangdahlem Airmen flooded the gym to shave their heads in support of a young boy battling cancer.Military members from around the world decided to "Go Bald for Brayden" after hearing the story of Brayden Mitchell, a
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. India Smith, a 372nd Training Squadron Detachment 17 NCO in charge of knowledge operations, performs a push-up during a half “Murph” workout April 25, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The full “Murph” workout consists of a two-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, and 300 squats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released) An Airman never quits: A fight to fitness
Editor's note: This is the first of a three part series of an Airman's resilincey to become fit to fight.Tim Allen said in a movie once "never give up, never surrender." For an Airman, that statement holds true to the Air Force core values. Staff Sgt. India Smith, a 372nd Training Squadron Detachment 17 non-commissioned officer in charge of
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Maj. Gen. Jim Keffer (right), U.S. Cyber Command Chief of Staff, speaks at his father’s retirement ceremony April 25, 2014, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Robert Keffer retired after serving 57 years of service. Until his retirement, Keffer had been the Plans Programs and Resources chief to the 86th Communications Squadron, the largest communications squadron within the U.S. Air Force. He supported a major command, one numbered Air Force, three wings and 125 associated units. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Hailey Haux) Man retires after 57 years of U.S. service
A retirement ceremony was held April 25 to honor Robert Keffer, a man who gave 57 years of service to the United States. Until his retirement, Keffer was the Plans Programs and Resources chief for the 86th Communications Squadron, the largest communications squadron within the U.S. Air Force. He supported a major command, one numbered Air Force,
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U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 52nd Intelligence Flight, review a map of Germany during training at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Members have to get specialized training on the F-16 Fighting Falcon before being mission capable for the 480th Fighter Squadron. Slots were cut last year and without training, the Airmen couldn’t deploy or support the mission. To avoid mission failure, the intelligence flight here was the first and only to teach the F-16 Intelligence Formal Training Unit at home base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Siekert/Released) Forward, Ready, Now: Stepping Up Despite Sequestration (Part III)
Our Airmen are innovative and mission-oriented...and despite the hard-hitting sequestration and budget cuts over the last two years, they still complete the mission through creative and effective ways. It isn't ideal, they said, but when America asks them to sacrifice and step up to the plate, that's just what they do.This is part three of a
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Default Air Force Logo Creating access, delivering hope, saving lives
At Ramstein Air Base, Germany a promise was made; a powerful vow comprised of three simple words capable of impacting the lives of countless men, women and children around the world; "Depend on Us."This short phrase ingrained in the hearts and minds of the 521st Air Mobility Wing Airmen pushing them to overcome any obstacle in their way."Our job is
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Senior Airman Steve Rogers, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, walks across the wings of a C-130J Super Hercules on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, April 21, 2014. Rogers, an Atlanta native, was preparing the wings for a safety inspection. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan) 86th AMXS Airmen maintain aircraft safety
Aerospace propulsion technicians and a crew chief with the 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron work on repairing multiple C-130J Super Hercules on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, April 21, 2014. The maintainers were responsible for preparing the wing of one C-130 for a safety inspection and another for a prop shaft adapter replacement. Airmen of the
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Airman 1st Class Darryl Davis, 39th Security Forces Squadron, ensures a bed frame in Patriot Village is properly assembled to meet the need of transiting or deployed service members Jan. 9, 2013, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Currently, Patriot Village is housing soldiers supporting NATO's deployment of Patriot missile batteries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Lenhardt/Released) Incirlik Readiness: Providing global reach one bed at a time
Editor's Note: This is the fourth in a series of articles designed to highlight mission readiness at Incirlik Air Base.Incirlik Air Base has been described as a place that's not quite like being deployed, and yet not quite like being at home station. This is in large part because of the installation's geographical location at the crossroad between
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Nathan Ansel, 52nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron senior munitions inspector from Ephrata, Pa., inspects crates of aircraft counter measure flares Feb. 26, 2014 on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Munitions are inspected to insure that they are serviceable and ready to use on an aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released) Forward, Ready, Now: Stepping Up Despite Sequestration (Part II)
Our Airmen are innovative and mission-oriented...and despite the hard-hitting sequestration and budget cuts over the last two years, they still complete the mission through creative and effective ways. It isn't ideal, they said, but when America asks them to sacrifice and step up to the plate, that's just what they do.This is part two of a
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